A recent Verizon field trial successfully demonstrated a "near" gigabit-per-second throughput on the company’s existing FiOS gigabit passive optical network (GPON) platform.
Verizon's GPON currently supports a total throughput of 2.4 Gbps downstream and 1.2 Gbps upstream.
The screaming fast transfer rate is expected to allow the company to begin rolling out a number of new services, including 3DTV, desktop virtualization, remote storage and wireless backhaul for next-gen wireless tech.
The above-mentioned field trial was conducted in Taunton, using an existing GPON system developed by Motorola.
The test involved bringing a new fiber connection from an existing operating GPON system to a second optical network terminal (ONT).
The second ONT was provisioned for the new 1 Gbps service tier, while the speed was tested to a local test server over an optimized route, as well as across the public Internet to a regional speed test server located more than 400 miles away.
The throughput speeds were measured at 925 Mbps (megabits per second) to a local server and more than 800 Mbps to the regional test speed servers.
It should be noted that the existing FiOS service was left completely intact and reportedly showed no degradation in voice, data or video services during the trial.